Lickspittle wing of GOP is now firmly in charge

WASHINGTON — According to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the declassified Devin Nunes memo — alleging FBI misconduct in the Russia investigation — is “not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice.” According to President Trump, the memo shows how leaders at the FBI “politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats” and “totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.”

Why good economic news is bad

WASHINGTON — In 1930, John Maynard Keynes was worried, but not about the unpleasantness that had begun the previous year and would linger long enough to become known as the Great Depression. What troubled the British economist was that humanity “is solving its economic problem.”

#Fairness

WASHINGTON — Just minutes before the start of President Trump’s State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton dumped a mea culpa onto her Facebook page, explaining why, a decade earlier, she hadn’t fired a campaign staffer accused of sexual harassment.

Memo isn’t ‘treasonous’ or ‘worse than Watergate’

House Speaker Paul Ryan was correct. Nothing in the highly anticipated memo from the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee impugns the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. If President Donald Trump had hoped the memo, released Friday, would discredit the probe into Russian influence of the 2016 election, he’s wrong.

Troubled bullet train project may finally get long-deserved audit

Since California voters approved $9.95 billion in bond seed money for a $43 billion statewide high-speed rail network in 2008, the project has produced an unending flow of bad news. It’s now seven years behind schedule and has ballooned in price to at least $64 billion while shrinking in scale. Earlier this month, a project consultant said the initial segment in the Central Valley was likely to cost $10.8 billion — 77 percent higher than the original $6 billion estimate.